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Passions: DirecTV Soap Online — But Not Free

PassionsThough the switch has been coming for months, lots of Passions fans were still in shock when the residents of Harmony left NBC after eight seasons. On September 17th, Passions began its ninth season on DirecTV’s exclusive Channel 101. For a variety of reasons, not all of the fans could follow the soap and went into serious withdrawal. Well, DirecTV has heard the fans and has officially announced that Passions will be available online.

Eric Shanks, executive vice president of DirectTV Entertainment says, “Since we announced the Passions move to DirecTV, we’ve had a significant response from fans requesting that we continue to stream the show online. We know that Passions fans are religious about keeping up with the happenings in Harmony, and are happy to be able to offer them the option of an online subscription if they can’t make the switch to DirecTV. Now fans can catch the daytime drama anywhere, anytime by signing up for the monthly subscription.”

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Unfortunately, as suspected, the subscription won’t be free. Production of the soap is funded by the satellite provider and they need to find a way to pay for it. Starting on Monday, you’ll be able to view new episodes of Passions online at NBC.com — for the price of $19.95 a month. Every episode will be posted online daily and will be hosted on the site for eight weeks.

Is the price worth it? In October, there will be 19 new episodes of Passions (remember there will only be four episodes a week). That comes out to a cost of $1.05 per episode — about the cost of a song on iTunes. Unfortunately, the cost certainly adds up over time ($239.40 a year) and you won’t be able to download or keep the episodes. For those who can’t afford a subscription, NBC is continuing to post synopses of each episode online. Is your love of all things Harmony worth $19.95 a month? What do you think? Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

 

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this is ridiculous October 27, 2007 at 10:48 am

Passions is a great show, i love it and miss watching it. it should just be put back on global channel 8 where it always was. forsure more people would watch it. have another soap opera on direct tv not passions its the best one.
please bring it back to its regular channel :)

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danielle October 21, 2007 at 2:13 pm

i love passions i miss so much of it already so how can i watch it online sense i don’t have direct tv please let me know…

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Amy October 20, 2007 at 9:22 am

A lot of big mistakes were made by the “fat cats” at both NBC and DirecTV. Passions is a wonderfully unique show with plot twits left and right, ratings proved we as consumers were ready for something this forward thinking. I mean come on, a hermaphrodite? Lebianism and witch craft? And we ate it up!!
What they should really do is, if they want to maintain ratings, air the previous week’s episodes online for free. And they MUST sign a deal with SoapNet to air reruns. Now what am I going to watch while eatting my bon-bons? hehe

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Sweet Home Alabama October 16, 2007 at 10:44 pm

We shouldn’t have to pay to watch Passions online. I pay to have cable and they should
have Passions on SoapNet. $19.95 is too much for an online show. NBC should be have done a pole before taking it off air. That was the No.1 rating daytime soap opera.

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Susie October 16, 2007 at 3:01 pm

(THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!!)

I found a site where you can read daily what happens on Passions. It’s not as good as watching it but it will keep us up with the storyline until Direct changes their mind about charging for it. It’s alittle of what I found out. Someone killed Fox. Gwen brought a baby to Harmony claiming it’s Ethen’s and Vincent is alive. Please Diect, give us our Passions back

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Anonymous October 16, 2007 at 12:02 pm

jerks put Passions back on nbc and or soap net buttholes!!!!!!!!!

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CASSANDRA October 10, 2007 at 10:50 pm

NBC SUCKS!!!DIRECT TV SUCKS EVEN MORE!! BIG EXECS ARE ALWAYS TRYING TO MAKE US LIMITED FUNDED PEOPLE BROKER THAN WE ALREADY ARE.PUT PASSIONS ONLINE FREE ALREADY I LOVE THE SHOW BUT HAVE ENOUGH OF MY OWN MOUTHS TO FEED WITHOUT FEEDING DIRECT TVS CHILDREN. YOU ALREADY AIR THE EPISODES SO POST IT ONLINE FREE. RATINGS WOULD DEFINATELY GO UP AND WE ALL WOULD BE HAPPY AGAIN!!

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Anonymous October 10, 2007 at 4:50 pm

$19.95–that is WAY TOO MUCH! For one show for one month, COME ON NOW. $9.95 would be a little more reasonable per month, or maybe pay one fee of $100.00 for one year. That sounds even more realistic! What was the point of direct tv buying Passions if no one can afford to watch it?

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M Hanson October 10, 2007 at 2:28 pm

I go home for lunch every day and I used to watch Passions. I’m extremely disappointed that NBC let the show go to Direct TV. I will not pay to watch it on the internet and I will not join Direct TV just to see one show. I can’t believe we actually needed more of the Today show. Who has that kind of time to watch it and do we really care? Passions was a great show – I will miss it – sadly.

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Lori October 9, 2007 at 9:16 am

OKay I am huge fan of passions and am missing it terribly. Still hoping that would come back on regular T.V but iknow thats probably never going to happen. I am still very peeved how they left us all hangingat the end …but ther is is now way I am paying to watch it online…my net went down for a month and for sme maybe even many, i find vido dosnt always load rigt away, not everyone has a top of the line comp!!! I feel that it should be a free service.

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Anonymous October 9, 2007 at 3:18 am

Just another way to make money, Like it would really cost that much to put it online

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Gina October 8, 2007 at 7:30 pm

C’mon guys! This is great news!! I am excited to see a show taking this route. Think about it. With traditional television networks, the shows are “free” because they are paid for by advertisers. Well, that fact puts all the control in the hands of the advertisers and leaves us fans at their mercy. In a structure where fans can pay for programming, we finally have a way to be in the drivers seat of what survives.

For shows like Passions and others, that may not have huge ratings but do have devoted fans, online life is a great solution. I hope more networks start to go this direction (hello CW? You should have done this with Veronica Mars!) and give us fans a way to have some control ourselves.

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MARY October 8, 2007 at 3:32 pm

I ALSO HAVE WATCHED PASSIONS SINCE IT BEGAN . I WORK SHIFT WORK AND COULD ONLY ENJOY IT ON THE INTERNET ,I LOOKED FORWARD TO THIS AND NOW IT IS GONE ,IS THERE ANYTHING GOOD THAT LASTS FOREVER ? I WILL NOT CHANGE TO DIRECT TV, NOR WILL I PAY TO WATCH IT ON MY COMPUTER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Shelby October 5, 2007 at 3:25 pm

I HAVE WATCHED PASSIONS FROM THE BEGINNING. I WOULD PROGRAM MY VCR OR WATCH ONLINE DAILY. I AM VERY UPSET THAT WE THE LOYAL PASSIONS VIEWERS HAVE BEEN CUT-OFF. PLEASE “AT LEAST” MAKE PASSIONS AVAILABLE “FREE” ONLINE FOR US UNABLE/UNWILLING TO SWITCH TO DIRECT TV. WHY SHOULD WE “HAVE” TO CHANGE OUR CABLE AND SOME OF US INTERNET ACCESS JUST TO WATCH ONE SHOW THAT WE REALLY ENJOY?

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Jen October 3, 2007 at 11:27 am

WHAT THE F*** ok so I cant get direct tv becasue I live in canada and then you want me to watch it on my computer??? and pay for it LMMFAO I was pissed when they cancelled Third Watch this is ENOUGH screw NBC just dont watch their dumb shows and you wont get hooked and they will pay by losing ratings…HELLO FOX

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